Another Big Election Night

One year ago, Colorado and Washington became the first states to make marijuana legal for adults, and Massachusetts joined the growing list of states that allows marijuana for medical uses. We had a big night last night.alert_sidebar_election2013 Marijuana policy reform measures cruised to victory in states across the nation.

• Portland, Maine became the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana. Voters approved Question 1 by a margin of 67-33, removing all penalties for possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older. MPP was the largest backer of the initiative, and the huge showing of support in Maine’s most populated city bodes well for our efforts to pass a statewide measure in 2016 to regulate marijuana like alcohol.

• Colorado voters approved a statewide ballot measure 65-35 to establish taxes on legal marijuana sales. Proposition AA was referred to the ballot by the General Assembly in accordance with the historic legalization initiative approved by Colorado voters exactly one year ago today. MPP supported AA because it underscores the benefits of taxing and regulating marijuana sales instead of forcing them into the underground market, as well as helps ensure cooperation from the federal government.

• In Michigan, voters in three cities adopted initiatives to remove local penalties for adult marijuana possession. In the state capital, Lansing, about 62% of voters cast their ballots in support of ending marijuana prohibition. The measures in Jackson and Ferndale also won by sizeable margins.

Now it’s time to start working on racking up even more victories in 2014!

16 thoughts on “Another Big Election Night”

  1. I give it two years until its 100% legal in all states I cant wait to finally be accepted in my family and not looked down upon :D

  2. I don’t see passing a 25% sales tax on an industry still in its genesis as something to celebrate. The economic effect is to arbitrarily raise the price of pot beyond the market value equilibrium. This will undoubtably fuel the black market. This seems totally counter-intuitive.

  3. Not in two years…way to soon. Not enough support yet.
    Give it about 10 or so years to be legal in all states followed by legalization at the federal level.
    I believe the feds are allowing legalization in states and cities where the voter have spoken, as test subjects to see how legalization could be beneficial to the govts pocket.
    You have to eat the elephant one bite at a time, not all at once.

    We need people to dress business casual when gathering at pro marijuana rallies and town hall meetings. Dress for success.
    Stay away from tie die shirts, raggedy clothes, marijuana related clothing and items. Non supporters of marijuana see a hippie drug followed by lazyness. We need to prove a point that successful college grads also prefer marijuana over toxic alcohol.

    I myself am a college grad and former firefighter/EMT. Help give a new image to marijuana. Everybody needs to do their part. We will get this done sooner if it’s done right.

  4. Florida Politicians continue to hide their head in the sand, regarding Medical marijiuana policy. The south is the Bible Belt and probably will be the last state to come out of the dark ages!

  5. @Alfred, I respectfully disagree, the price of cannabis/weed/herb (please don’t say “pot”) will DROP as the huge Law Enforcement Evasion Tax (cost of growers and suppliers hiding what they do from the cops) falls away! Then you won’t mind the 25%.

    One benefit of legalization worth paying for: the much-feared cannabis access for under-age persons will prove helpful in reducing teen-age RECRUITMENT INTO NICOTINE ADDICTION (CDC estimates US economy suffers a $193-billion hit yearly from $igarette-related diseases). As this gets to be better understood, the public will support cannabis taxes fading away. The price difference (CANNABIS TEN TIMES AS EXPENSIVE AS $IGARETTE TOBACCO) has been a gift to the nicotine overdose industry.

  6. I definitely agree that this movement would go forward quicker if there were less stereo-typically dressed people around for the media to showcase. They immediately go for the dirtiest, laziest looking tie dye wearing person they can find whenever there’s any kind of rally or support gathering. (same as they do with any group the government doesn’t agree with that gathers together)
    I live in Idaho and it has one of the largest population of Mormons so I doubt we will go legal anytime soon, however, every state around us is legal in some form except Utah. I will be leaving this state when done with law school and going where I can grow my own.
    Oh and as a side note, even though Nicotine related health costs are huge, I believe I heard recently that Obesity related costs and deaths are the absolute highest out of all health costs and 60 percent of people are overweight. The reality is, that since we are the ONLY industrialized nation that has a for profit medical system, we will always pay higher rates for one reason or another and they are always going to be pointing their finger at someone in order to make us angry at other groups instead of the government themselves for creating this mess of a system. And yes, it is the governments fault people are fat. They have encouraged mass farming of genetically modified crap which is in everything including what we call processed food which has caused addiction plus of course health problems far more sinister than cigarettes and have literally encouraged the American people to eat up and now our life spans are falling and those that are still living longer are plagued with health problems that further burden the medical system and their own pockets; however, lining the big pharma pockets greatly who in turn have fought against legal marijuana the whole time because they can’t patent it. BUT…I digress….and that’s a whole new argument there.

  7. Maxweed,

    I respectfully disagree. This 25% tax will already be leveled on top of municipality taxes, which will push the total tax rate to well above 30%. It also will make criminals out of anyone who grows pot at home and then transfers it to anyone else without paying the tax. The Law Enforcement Evasion tax doesn’t disappear. Colorado has every incentive to continue spending police resources, and perhaps increasing them, just so that it can collect this tax.

    MPP should be ashamed for supporting this measure. I feel it’s a clear violation of Principle #1 in its Mission Statement. There is nothing more coercive on this planet than taxation, and this tax in particular could very well be construed as punitive to the fledgling industry.

    What’s worse is the unseen effects of this tax. How many stores will not be able to open because they will not be able to afford this tax? How many jobs will that cost? I’ve already mentioned the law enforcement effect, which will merely transform into a tax enforcement issue. Instead of caging people for simple possession, they’ll now cage them for tax evasion.

    Finally, I will mind any tax levied on the peaceful exchange of products and/or services between any consenting parties. No government has the right to any percentage of the transaction. Perhaps the tax should only apply to those who voted for it. Now there’s a thought.

  8. In 2 years it will be legal in Maine, California, Maryland, Oregon, Michigan, Vermont, Massachusetts, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Within 1 year of that the rest of the Northeast will follow as will some of the Midwest. 5 years from now 95% of the country will legalize, save for a few southern states (TEXAS, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, & SOUTH CAROLINA)

  9. Mr. Obama,
    Tear down this wall of prohibition…stop This War on America’s Free Citizen’s.
    A war on a plant is absurd and wrongful….exactly how does one “punish” a plant?
    The War on Drugs is, in large part, a War on poor Americans!
    Marijuana does not cause violence!…the money made from the current unscrupulous, untaxed, non-regulated black market does!

    Eric K. Johnson

  10. Waiting for California to fully legalize it! Just make it like cigarettes and anyone 18+ (or 21, whatever) can buy it without the fear of being arrested or fined for something that is way less harmful than things that are already legal (like Alcohol or Tobacco). It’s not the 80’s and the “war on drugs” is obviously a failure because it was based on lies like marijuana is harmful and leads to other drugs. They even failed to mention the most important fact…that marijuana has vast list of medical benefits!!! But of course that’s just my opinion.

  11. I think no tax should be put on cannabis,but you and I know that it will never be legal unless state,federal and local get there cut.I just hope they don’t try and tax it out of existence.

  12. Oklahoma didn’t allow alcohol until 1969. Alcohol is barely legal in Utah, and still illegal to sell to Native Americans in most states, so… Yeah two years is not gonna change anything. Check back in 200 years and see if all the “freeeeeeedumb” people are dead.

  13. Keep big pharma and the gov’t out of our gardens! I should be able to grow and use what I want without a permit or being taxed on it. It should be treated as any other garden product…period! I currently don’t use it, don’t smoke nor drink more than a few ouces of alcoholic annually, however, I am aging, might need it for arthritis which I already have, and cancer and/or dementia that I might get. I’m curious, if I brew beer at home would I get taxed?

  14. Everyone needs to contact their Congressman and tell them to support HR 499. It’s the bill that removes
    cannabis from schedule 1 and that would be a great first step…

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